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Electronic Music

from I.P.E.M.

Supported by a fellowship from the Belgian American Education Foundation, I worked for a year at the Institute for Psycho-acoustics and Electronic Music in Ghent, Belgium.  While there I completed 4 works.  The source material for 3 works (White on Grey, Before the Sea of Glass, and Trivial Pursuits) was generated on an EMS Synthi 100.  The material for the 4th work (Just a piece of wood) came from recordings of me playing my violin.
My host at I.P.E.M. was Lucien Goethals.

The Music

Dark and Light Grey Clouds

White on Grey

Seagulls against the grey clouds of a Belgian winter. The continuum of colors. The weight of history: inquisition, wars, conquest.

Before the sea of glass

Infinite loops. Filter resonances. 

"And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal..."  Revelation 4

Lamb of God on the altar surrounded by angels
Row of Arcade Games

Trivial Pursuits

Classic synthesized game sounds arranged in fugal sections. A satiric take at contemporary life. The simple morphing into a vortex of chaos.

The irony of this piece is not lost on me, as I would five years later take a job writing music and creating sound effects for videogames.

Just a piece of wood

Snippets of violin tapping, plucks and hits.

close-up of a violin showing its curves
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